Thursday, October 2, 2008
I had the week off work this week, so I've been doing scrapping and family history research too. Yesterday the most amazing thing happened- I have been researching my Gruetzmacher line, that's my maternal grandmother's family. She was from Minnesota, and left when she married my grandfather, to move to Idaho. She was never able to return to her family home. She had 2 brothers that she was very close to, one passed away just 5 years after her marriage, the other lived a nice long life. This second one, the subject of my recent layout "News from Home", was Will Gruetzmacher, or William Carl August Gruetzmacher. Uncle Will and his family lived in the small town of Geneva, Minnesota, in the southern part of the state. Will operated a little hardware store called WC Gruetzmacher Hardware. I have the basic information of his life, but I decided yesterday to Google him. Instead of the usual 'William Gruetzmacher', I decided to try WC Gruetzmacher, since that was the name of the store. The only hit was a book of the history of Freeborn County, MN, with a picture of him as the bandleader of the Geneva Cornet Band in 1916! I was so excited, what a bonus to not only find him mentioned in the book, but to find a picture! I had never known this about him, so I immediately called my Mom to see if she knew anything about Uncle Will being a band leader. She said she did remember that, but had forgotten all about it! So, of course, I had to create a layout with the picture. I ended up using the cutout artistic filter, since the photo was quite poor. I think it turned out rather fun looking! Did I mention that I love family history?
Posted by Stefanie Eskander at 3:57 PM